Boston and New York: 1937-69.
With numerous examples of Smith's art, including two watercolor studies for his November, 1932, football cover of The Sportsman magazine. 1 vols. Archive of a Sportsman Magazine Artist. A few minor wrinkles, folds, and an occasional tear, else in uniformly fine condition. From the estate of Daniel Rochford. Item #12921
An extremely interesting archive, chronicling the personal friendship and professional relationship of two colorful individuals. During Daniel Rochford's five-year tenure as Managing Editor of The Sportsman, Harold Smith did a number of small black and white drawings for the magazine, and at least one cover, of a stylized formation of football players, two watercolor studies of which form part of this collection. Rochford left the magazine in 1935 to enter the public relations field, subsequently joining Standard Oil of New Jersey, and, until Smith's death in 1969, gave the artist a number of Esso commissions for brochures and film strips, as well as other work.
The archive includes approximately 35 ALS from Smith (some 65 pages), and two post cards, about 30 carbons of letters from Rochford, mostly dating from the 1940s on Esso matters, plus some other correspondence. In addition, included in Smith's art works are are nine pencil sketches for 1930s political cartoons, two pencil advertisement roughs for Mt. Tremblant ski area and four watercolor skiing sketches, nine sheets of pencil sketches, possibly for a book or article, eight amusing ink on tissue sketches for Esso publications, one black and white and four watercolor caricatures of the artist and others, and a particularly delightful 18 x 24 sheet of 19 watercolor scenes illustrating a 1946 visit Smith paid to the Rochfords to do their portraits.
In his last years, Rochford regretted that distance and circumstance prevented the possibility of he and Smith collaborating on a book. It is a regret the viewer of this archive will share.
A SPLENDID COLLECTION.
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